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South Sound OC Report........

gogodawgs

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I just wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread, and to encourage members to update it regularly. If there hadn't been any recent postings I might have given up reading this thread last night. I did read it though and that gave me the encouragement I needed to OC for the first time today.

It was just a trip on my motorcycle to Grocery Outlet in Chehalis. The only person who showed any reaction at all was the young lady who was the cashier, and that was just a slight pause in her gaze as she spotted the weapon on my waist. She didn't day a word about it, but we did have a nice conversation about the Seahawks game.

Now that I have gotten past that first time, I will be OC'ing on a regular basis for a while and will report back on how that goes.

Great job! And thanks for your first post!

I started this thread almost 8 years ago and I hope it goes on for many more years.

I have since moved out of the South Sound and am in Yakima now. Carry On all!
 

OlGutshotWilly

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In some respects Bill45 makes a valid point. I don't live in South County....well King that is.....I live in South Snohomish county LOL... but I have not posted in a long time because Open Carry has been fairly normalized here. Which was the basis for OCDO in the first place. It has been successful.

I was in Yakima about 3 weekends ago and OC'd as I normally do. My dad (86yrs) was having a holster made and took me to pick it up with him in a little shoe and leather shop in Downtown. The guy had a big sign on his door inviting gun owners to carry into his shop. Had a great chat.

And once again, no issues OC'ing. As it should be......
 

Grapeshot

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In some respects Bill45 makes a valid point. I don't live in South County....well King that is.....I live in South Snohomish county LOL... but I have not posted in a long time because Open Carry has been fairly normalized here. Which was the basis for OCDO in the first place. It has been successful.

I was in Yakima about 3 weekends ago and OC'd as I normally do. My dad (86yrs) was having a holster made and took me to pick it up with him in a little shoe and leather shop in Downtown. The guy had a big sign on his door inviting gun owners to carry into his shop. Had a great chat.

And once again, no issues OC'ing. As it should be......
Posting about the acceptance of OC in your area helps/encourages others where it is not so common.

I love stories about shops, stores, restaurants that encourage or welcome gun carriers.

Would like to have seen a picture of that sign.
 

O_Kellogg

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Yelm Walmart (x2) and Four Corners this morning - I don't think anyone noticed.
Over the past week, Yelm Walmart, Sunbird, Four Corners, ARCO's in Yelm and Spanaway and South Hill, a fast food in Frederickson...

This Sat, I'll be having breakfast in Tac, do a little shopping, pro'ly gas-up at ARCO and pick up some cheap, nasty beer at Walmart...

Livin' the dream?:confused:
 

O_Kellogg

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Lee's Barber in Yelm this morning. The barber and at least one customer looked, but no comment.

Safeway, Tractor Supply and Yelm Farm and Pet - nobody seemed to notice... :cool:
 

O_Kellogg

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Alright, finally had my 2nd negative experience! :banana:

(First was probably +2yrs ago - didn't see the tiny no-gun sticker on the door at Twinstar CU - handled politely)

Breakfast this morning ended up in Puyallup. The signage out front said "Bar and grill" but my buddy said he's seen kids eat there, and there was neither a "21 and over" sign nor "anti" sticker at the entrance. Had a pretty good omelette with a Guinness and stepped out back for a smoke (where we could bring our drinks), and returned to our table to finish our drinks and pay the bill. Of course, it was after I thumped down my card to pay, that a man (I assume manager) approached to tell me that I "can't have a gun in here". I politely explained the legal end ("designated by LCB...") and he re-asserted: "it's a bar, you can't have that in here".

The place wasn't filling up, so they weren't looking to make the table available. In fact between chatting, finishing our meal and stepping out back, the waitstaff had even said: "No rush".

Finished paying the bill, reasonable tip, with nearly the same level of urgency we started with, and [mgr?] returned to tell me to take the gun out of there. "I'm out, have a good day."

It was a nice enough place, decent food, and I don't think the guy was trying to be a dick... Still, I'll go where I can OC...

Notes:
1) This was not a "Spread the OC" breakfast:shocker: - it was a "reunion-with-old-buddy" breakfast. If that's gonna be a major issue, I'm sure the mods or Solus will be happy to ban me...
2) Regardless of signage, I stand by property rights, the right to refuse service, and the right to throw people out. "My House == My Rules". Just as I have the right to spend my money where I am welcomed...:cool:
 
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EMNofSeattle

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Alright, finally had my 2nd negative experience! :banana:

(First was probably +2yrs ago - didn't see the tiny no-gun sticker on the door at Twinstar CU - handled politely)

Breakfast this morning ended up in Puyallup. The signage out front said "Bar and grill" but my buddy said he's seen kids eat there, and there was neither a "21 and over" sign nor "anti" sticker at the entrance. Had a pretty good omelette with a Guinness and stepped out back for a smoke (where we could bring our drinks), and returned to our table to finish our drinks and pay the bill. Of course, it was after I thumped down my card to pay, that a man (I assume manager) approached to tell me that I "can't have a gun in here". I politely explained the legal end ("designated by LCB...") and he re-asserted: "it's a bar, you can't have that in here".

The place wasn't filling up, so they weren't looking to make the table available. In fact between chatting, finishing our meal and stepping out back, the waitstaff had even said: "No rush".

Finished paying the bill, reasonable tip, with nearly the same level of urgency we started with, and [mgr?] returned to tell me to take the gun out of there. "I'm out, have a good day."

It was a nice enough place, decent food, and I don't think the guy was trying to be a dick... Still, I'll go where I can OC...

Notes:
1) This was not a "Spread the OC" breakfast:shocker: - it was a "reunion-with-old-buddy" breakfast. If that's gonna be a major issue, I'm sure the mods or Solus will be happy to ban me...
2) Regardless of signage, I stand by property rights, the right to refuse service, and the right to throw people out. "My House == My Rules". Just as I have the right to spend my money where I am welcomed...:cool:

Uh Guinness for breakfast?

They might just have not cared for ordering alcohol while visibly armed, bar or not notwithstanding
 

O_Kellogg

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Uh Guinness for breakfast?

Uh, yeah. More filling than those watery beers that just make me pee.
I got off work at about 7am. ;)


They might just have not cared for ordering alcohol while visibly armed, bar or not notwithstanding

Agreed. However, "refusing service" might have reduced their profit margin. They didn't seem to have any problem until there was a bill payable. To express their concern before we were seated, or declining to serve alcohol per policy, would be to risk "loosing money".
Other establishments have yet to complain.


Nightmare, it's a gift! :D
 

Boomboy007

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SeaTac

I had to take a little trip down to Seatac this morning to drop off the wife at the airport. I open carried while I was in there, and we sat down and had a nice coffee while waiting for her flight. A couple of the Port Authority cops walked by and gave me the hairy eyeball, but nothing was said. All in all, that's how I like it.

Afterward, I had a nice breakfast with Freedom1man. Nothing like talking about guns over a good plate of bacon and eggs.
 

MSG Laigaie

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Uh Guinness for breakfast?

They might just have not cared for ordering alcohol while visibly armed, bar or not notwithstanding

Yes, Guinness for breakfast. Guinness for Strength. Apparently you do not have enough Irish blood to be able to deal with Morrigans Nectar. I drink in Washington restaurants quite a bit without worry.

I had to take a little trip down to Seatac this morning to drop off the wife at the airport.

Way to go. I have been in SeaTac and Bellingham airports quite a few times and NEVER a worry.
 

MSG Laigaie

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I have only attended one Burns. I do like Haggis tho.

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver, and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal's stomach[1] though now often in an artificial casing instead. According to the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique: "Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour".[2]

It is believed that food similar to haggis (though not so named), perishable offal quickly cooked inside an animal's stomach, all conveniently available after a hunt, was eaten from ancient times.[3][4][5]

Although the name "hagws" or "hagese" was first recorded in England c. 1430, the dish is considered traditionally of Scottish origin. Even the national dish,[6] as a result of Scots poet Robert Burns' poem Address to a Haggis of 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties", boiled and mashed separately, and a dram (a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns Supper.
 

golddigger14s

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Lawton, OK USA
Took the cats to Tanglewilde Vets (Lacey) yesterday, and no issue. The only one that got held up was me, almost $800!
Sunday Dec. 10th Waguns breakfast at Hawks Prairie Restaurant 9 am.
 

Grim_Night

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Pierce County, Washington
Short version... I have been out and about in the Lakewood, Tacoma area and have not had a single problem regarding open carry. I do it every day.

And, finally back on the forums after a very long hiatus, due to some major difficulty logging into this site.
 
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